After the FDA announced the Produce Rule Jan. 4, Western Growers’ senior staff sprung in to action as one of the first to educate members how this new rule could affect our industry. In the joint webinar, Hank Giclas, Western Growers Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science and Technology joined James R. Gorny, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Produce Safety with the FDA to discuss the mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce for human consumption.

Hank Giclas

This year, and particularly since the passage of SB 126, organized labor has pushed the envelope with new organizing tactics, aggressive campaign strategies, and innovative techniques designed to catch unwary employers off guard. Thanks to these tactics, the UFW has won two of three elections that were held in 2012. The UFW is reinvigorated and prepared to scale up its organizing efforts, particularly against unprepared agricultural employers.

Jason Resnick


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